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The Wolberg Family

La famille Wolberg
International title La famille Wolberg
Section 47 edición - Rellumes
Country Francia
Year 2009
Running time 82
Director Axelle Ropert
Screenplay Axelle Ropert
Film Editing Emmanuelle Castro, Thomas Glaser
Photography Celine Bozon
Production Philippe Martin, David Thion
Production design Sophie Reynaud-Malouf
Cast François Damiens, Valérie Benguigui, Léopoldine Serre, Valentin Vigourt, Serge Bozon, Jean-luc Bideau, Jocelyn Quivrin

Les Films Pelléas

Distribution Company



Simon is the mayor of a small village and patriarch of the Wolberg family. Loving husband, friend to his children, caring for his widowed father and committed to the community, Simon is indispensable and irritating, able to burst into the house with his constituents or to deliver grandiloquent speeches on soul to school children. Just when he finds himself immersed in an electoral campaign, everything is suddenly turned upside-down: his bohemian brother-in-law arrives and questions his every move; his marriage suffers a crisis; his young son decides he wants to study music, defying his father’s wishes; and his daughter, who is about to turn 18, demands her independence, to no avail. And while everyone harbours the thought that they need a break from their anxious father and mayor, Simon hides a secret: soon they will get just what they are wishing.

Director bio

Born in 1972, Axelle Ropert is co-editor of the magazine La Lettre du Cinema. She has written screenplays for the Serge Bozon films L’Amitié (1998), Mods (2004) and La France (2007). She also took acting roles in these films.  As an actress she has worked for Pierre Léon, Judith Cahen and Benjamin Esdraffo, among others.  In 2005 she directed her first short film, Étoile Violette, which was screened in festivals such as Indie Lisboa (Lisbon) and the Montreal Festival of New Cinema. La Famille Wolberg, her first feature length film, made its debut at the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes.